The 89er Theater in Kingfisher, Oklahoma put up a sign indicating that “Lightyear” has a same-sex kiss.
“We will do everything we can to fast forward this scene, but it may not be accurate,” it said.
The sign, which was put up on the film’s opening weekend, has since been removed, according to NBC News.
The 89er Theater in Kingfisher, Oklahoma put up a sign on its window during the opening weekend of Pixar’s “Lightyear,” warning visitors that the film contains a gay kiss.
According to NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City, the sign read:
“Attention, Guests: The management of this theater discovered after booking ‘Lightyear’ that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar film that may not be accurate. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this late discovery of this scene.
“Lightyear” is the origin story of the “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear. Chris Evans addresses the “real” Space Ranger as we watch him embark on an epic adventure. There is a scene in the film where Lightyear’s colleague Alisha (voiced by Uzo Aduba) comes home from a mission and kisses her significant other, who is also a woman.
According to NBC News, the sign has since been removed.
When asked by Reuters about those who condemned the same-sex kiss in the film, Evan said, “The real truth is these people are jerks.”
“Any time we’ve made social advances in waking up, American history, human history, is a history of constant social awakening and growth, and that does us well,” he continued.
“There will always be people who are scared and unaware and trying to hold on to what came before,” Evans added. “But these people are dying like dinosaurs. I think the goal is to ignore them, to march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
In early March, Disney employees accused executives of cutting “almost every moment of overtly gay affection” from Pixar films.
The statement received by Variety was part of a larger backlash from Disney employees in response to the company’s handling of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which opponents have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law .
After backlash, Variety reported that “Lightyear” recreated the kiss.
Back in Oklahoma, 42-year-old resident Patricia Kasbek told NBC News that when she saw the sign at the ’89 Theater, she first thought it was a joke.
Then, when she realized it was real, she found it “cruel” and “bigotic.” She called the theater and left a complaint on voicemail.
“I told them that if they’ve never done it on a kiss of the opposite sex, it’s totally offensive to them to censor a same-sex kiss,” Kasbek said. “I will never see a movie in this theater as long as I own this.”
Insider contacted the 89er Theater for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
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